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Watch: Ugandan LGBT Activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera Wins Major Human Rights Award


Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, founder and executive director of LGBT rights group Freedom and Roam Uganda, has been given a major human rights award from Geneva-based Martin Ennals Foundation, Reuters reports:

The Geneva-based Martin Ennals Foundation said it was honoring Nabagesera with its annual prize, worth some 20,000 Swiss francs ($23,240), for human rights defenders as "an exceptional woman of a rare courage, fighting under death threats for human dignity and the rights of homosexuals and marginalized people in Africa."


Nabagesera, founder and executive director of Freedom and Roam Uganda, has appeared often on radio in her country to argue against homophobia and has frequently been physically attacked for her broadcasts, the citation said.

Compelled to move from house-to-house after a Ugandan tabloid included her in a list of gay people it said should be hanged, she continues to fight "for human dignity and the rights of homosexuals and marginalized people in Africa," it added.

Check out an interview with this brave activist in which she talks about her work and the death of slain Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. What a wonderful story. Ms. Nabagesera, I salute you!

    Posted by: RW | May 3, 2011 5:31:47 PM

  2. Congrats!!!! I am so happy for you! By the way....WHERE are all the comments from all the other gay people here? Because she is not some naked sunburnt dude you do not care?? But you expect everyone else to support YOU I see...

    Posted by: Shannon | May 3, 2011 7:12:16 PM

  3. I agree Shannon! There is much deep rooted division in the gay "community". It's a shame that we are so shallow so often. Still, I don't want that to take away from the powerful courage this woman, David Bahati, and all around the world in similar situations possess. I admire and revere her perseverance. She is an example of what the rawest form of activism is. May the creator bless and keep her.

    Posted by: Will | May 3, 2011 8:00:53 PM

  4. I'm pleased she's getting this award - I cannot imagine how hard life must be for LGBT people in such homophobic countries... and I don't think I could be as brave as her if I lived in a similar place. A real heroine!

    Posted by: wet blanket | May 4, 2011 6:34:31 AM

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